Comics : Spider-Man: The Manga #2

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This story is part of an Arc: "Spider-Man: The Manga First Arc"
     Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

This review was first published on: 2004.


Here is Manga Spider-Man, written by Japanese, for Japanese. The setting is Tokyo rather than New York. There is no Uncle Ben to teach the lesson of responsibility. Heck, Spider-Man isn't even Peter Parker! Now these stories are being translated into English and published bi-weekly, in black and white editions. The first story arc featured a battle with Electro.

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Spider-Man: The Manga #2
Jan 1998 : SM Title
Summary: Electro
Arc: Part 2 of "Spider-Man: The Manga First Arc"
Editor:  Tom Brevoort
Writer/Artist:  Ryoichi Ikegami
Retouching and Production:  Dan Nakrosis
Translation:  C.B. Cebulski, Mutsumi Masuda
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Yu and Rumi work together to track down her missing brother. They trace him through a number of dangerous jobs. Rumi reveals that her family owes $10,000 in hospital bills since her mother's heart gave out (but apparently not for good). When the "Joho" newspaper puts out a $10,000 reward for the capture of Electro, Yu figures to use his powers to earn it. Soon after, Electro strikes again and Yu appears in public as Spider-Man (for the first time) to stop him. They tussle. End of issue. Really, not a whole lot here.

Overall Rating...

This story trudges its way through a plot lacking interest or credibility. Half a web is the bottom of the scale.